BY PAUL SCHRODT
There are few things as blissful as a summer picnic with friends and loved ones. That is, until the beating sun becomes totally unbearable and you’re pretending to not be uncomfortably sweaty. Now’s the time to save the shindig and bust out the dessert. Summer is prime time for chilled, juicy, whipped, berry-filled, and effervescent sweets that help beat the temperature while also hitting the nostalgia button and letting you indulge in sweet treats that are still perfectly acceptable at any age.
If it happens to be a gathering of cannabis-friendly (or cannabis-curious) adults, a bit of bud folded into that dessert is likely to elevate everyone’s mood and help you temporarily ignore that pesky mosquito bite. These are a few ultra-simple summery dessert ideas that are also easily customizable. Feel free to swap these flavors out with your own personal favorites, just don’t forget to include a touch of cannabis tincture per the instructions below.
Herbaceous Watermelon Popsicles
While boozy popsicles are a popular summer adult party idea, they tend to work better in theory than in practice. Put too much alcohol in those pops and they won’t properly freeze; put too little and, well, what was the point? Marijuana’s leafy flavor and zen-enabling psychoactive qualities make it a perfect accompaniment to these decidedly grown-up popsicles. Sweet watermelon is cut by the lime juice and complemented by a generous helping of fresh mint. It more or less tastes like summer in frozen form.
3 cups sliced watermelon
1 bunch fresh mint leaves
1 cup apple juice
2 tablespoons lime juice
20 mg cannabis tincture of choice
In a blender, purée 2 1/2 cups watermelon, half the mint leaves, apple juice, and lime juice. Add the rest of the sliced watermelon and the cannabis from your tincture, then dot the concoction with whole mint leaves from the rest of the bunch, and then mix. Pour into popsicle molds, or if you’re feeling more DIY, regular ice molds will do. Insert popsicle sticks, adding tape if necessary to keep them in place in the molds. Freeze overnight or for at least 6 hours.
Key Lime Pie
A taste of properly tart key lime pie is enough to make you feel like you’ve been transported to the beaches of Key West, living your best life in an oversized floral print shirt. But the open secret of the classically South Florida dessert is that it’s really,really easy to make. You don’t even need actual key limes, though they certainly help.
A bit of THC- or CBD-laced oil will play well with all that citrus. If you’re taking this out in the sun, make sure you throw it in the freezer for a bit first so each bite keeps you cool.
3 egg yolks
2 teaspoons lime zest
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (from key limes, or regular limes)
20mg cannabis tincture of choice
Store-bought graham cracker pie crust
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tbsp sugar
Preheat oven to 350°F. With an electric mixer, beat egg yolks and lime zest for 5 minutes or until fluffy. Add sweetened condensed milk while continuing to beat for 3 more minutes. Add the lime juice and cannabis tincture drops, and then mix until everything is combined.
Pour filling into the crust and bake for 10 minutes, until it’s just set. Refrigerate pie overnight. Throw into the freezer for 15 minutes before serving.
For topping, whip cream and sugar with an electric mixer, stopping when those soft peaks start to form. Place whipped cream into a bowl, or a Tupperware container if you’re headed out. Add to individual pie slices as desired.
Berry-Topped Tapioca Pudding
Why should pudding be just for kids? Sure, the readymade stuff can be noxiously sweet. But the real homemade thing has a beautiful texture—especially when using starchy tapioca orbs—and it delivers a potent pleasure you’ve likely forgotten all about.
Pudding alone, however, can get boring, so find the freshest, biggest berries at the market and generously adorn. Their ripeness will be that much more magnificent with the dosing of cannabis.
3 cups whole milk
1/2 cup instant tapioca
1/2 cup white sugar
Pinch of salt
2 eggs beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
20 mg cannabis tincture of choice
1 cup fresh berries of choice (such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries)
Heat milk, tapioca, sugar, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and continue cooking and stirring for 5 minutes.
Slowly whisk in beaten eggs until incorporated. Bring to a simmer over low heat. Cook and stir for 3 minutes until pudding is thickened.
Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and drop in some cannabis from your tincture. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 6 hours until cold.
When ready to serve, top with fresh berries—raspberries and blueberries are our personal choice!
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